family friendly activities announced for mjf2024

Planning on coming along to our FREE opening weekend at First Street? But not sure what to do with the children? Well there’s something on offer for everyone this festival season, as we proudly introduce our jammed packed family friendly lineup of activities. All events will take place on the morning of 18th May and are free to access. Read on to discover more.

Thanda’s BIG Sing

South African born Thanda Gumede will lead a mass singing workshop. Teaching songs in Zulu and/or Xhosa, Thanda will include warm-up exercises and teach joyous South African harmonies and the signature click sounds of the southern Bantu languages.

The workshop will lead to the choir performing on the Ask Garden Stage with Thanda’s band.

Free, by ticket only.

Ain’t Misbehavin

Jazz band ain’t misbehavin’ will lead a series of interactive concerts designed to introduce young children to jazz and improvisation in an upbeat and ever silly way. Yet they do not make light of jazz masterpieces, ensuring fun for the whole family.

Free, no booking required.

Mambo Jambo

Exploring carnival rhythms, singing and all sorts of spontaneous music making with acoustic Roots Duo Mambo Jambo. And they might just be the biggest acoustic duo you’ll ever see; a truly unique two-piece known for performing lively, joyous mash up of roots, world, folk and jazz.

Suitable for all ages. Instruments provided.

Free, no booking required.

Little Groovers

Manchester-based Little Groovers is an award-winning mixed-age music session for babies and young children under the age of 7. Each fun-filled session is led by a trained musician. Sing, play gorgeous percussion instruments and listen to live performance. A huge parachute, tactile props, scarves, ribbons and bubbles make each session a fun, interactive and engaging musical experience. Learn through music about counting, rhythm, taking turns and practising social skills.

Free, no booking required. 

Make a Bee with Bianca

Come along and join in on this creative bee making workshop. Inspired by our lovely bee icon (designed by Paul Hemmingfield) participants creations will decorate our Ask garden stage.

Free, no booking required.


There will also be an opportunity for professional face painting and bio glitter, suitable for all ages, with the talented Anna. 

The family friendly activities will take place at our free opening weekend on the morning of the 18th. Participation is free, operating on a first come first served basis. They have been kindly supported by Ask Real Estate.